News from back home has left me feeling worried and restless. Sleep has not been my friend and the days have felt long. Most nights I have struggled to fall asleep. My mind going over and over things. I have been falling asleep at 3am, waking up three hours later, my eyes still heavy from sleep. I feel like I am trapped in some never-ending cycle. However, this week there has been some cause for happy distraction. Family have flown over and their company has been much-needed. Sometimes, you still need a hug from your mum. No words are needed. She understands.
Yesterday was also a cause for celebration and a chance to put aside the sad news from home. A chance to focus on Oldest. A chance to celebrate her. It was Oldest’s day. As you can imagine, she loved it. Oldest likes to be the star of any party, and she was certainly the star yesterday. However, a birthday star still has to go to school. Despite her protestations Oldest found herself deposited at class. In her hands she was clutching 30 miniature muffins. Oldest was under strict instruction to share them out amongst her classmates. Her willpower is far superior to mine. She managed to resist the urge to scoff all of the muffins. I would like to point out that I have never ate 30 miniature muffins…well not at once. Sometimes, we have to embrace the muffin. I left Oldest eyeing up her muffins and I took the family to the Lavender farm.
It seemed only fitting that we headed there. Lavender is known to be healing for the soul and body, and I am craving a good night’s sleep. I first took the girls to Jersey Lavender at the end of Easter. I had been pleasantly surprised by its facilities and very reasonable entrance fee. Children under 14 are free. In high season adults are £5.50. Really good value. There is plenty to see and do at the farm. Whilst I was busy inhaling the heavy scent of lavender, Youngest was charging around trying to complete the children’s activity trail. Youngest also demonstrated her ability to delegate, informing Granny that she would be carrying the pen and the trail map. Granny was also given the responsibility of filling in the answers. I was quite relieved. Youngest can get quite bossy. I may have chuckled at the sound of Youngest shouting at Granny, “do keep up, do keep up, Granny”.
I felt a bit sorry for Granny. She probably thought that an afternoon at the lavender farm would be relaxing. It was for me, not so much for Granny. However, I am sure that she was really enjoying some quality bonding time with her youngest grandchild 😉
There was some respite for Granny. Youngest decided that she wanted to go on the above swing. I then pushed her on the swing, whilst she shouted, “higher, higher”. I screeched for her to hold on tight. Youngest is far too blasé on a swing for my liking! The gardens contain around 80 different varieties of lavenders from all around the world. I did not realise that there were so many different types of lavender. As well as the fields of lavender, you can also find the distillery and the bottling lab. We steered clear of those yesterday as Youngest was completing her trail.
You can walk for a mile around the four main lavender fields. Youngest loves exploring the fields, it’s a good excuse for her to charge around. However, when her little legs start to get tired, you can easily find a seat. There are plenty of benches. In fact, Jersey Lavender farm would be perfect for a picnic and we plan to return with a hamper full of yummy food.
The farm is perfect for families as there is plenty to explore. It is a beautiful place to visit. Its vast lavender fields with the long regimented rows of purple and the gorgeous scent hangs in the air. I was surprised by the soil. It has the consistency of fine sand, and I am surprised that anything can grow in it. However, I have since discovered that lavender thrives in poor soil; in fact, the poorer the soil the better. You learn something new every day.
You can walk from Jersey Lavender and straight into Reg’s Garden. This is a garden that is free to go into, although donations are most welcome. The garden is a 1.5 acre garden created by Reg Langlois. In the gardens you can find a large Koi pond with waterfall, and also fairies. Youngest is a big fan of the fairy gardens. If you are in the area then you really need to visit the gardens. After Youngest had found the fairies, ridden the horse, and said hello to Marmaduke the cat, we returned back to the lavender farm.
We decided to head to the playhouse. Youngest was then a waitress. I wasn’t impressed and I didn’t leave a tip. Her customer skills need improving. After extracting ourselves from the playhouse we went and played with the chickens, admired the gypsy caravan and counted the animal statues.
Youngest then had a sudden flash of energy. She made a bolt for the lavender fields. However, her hiding place was given away by her loud giggles. All of this activity was making Youngest hungry so we headed to the café.
Youngest feasted on sausages and fries and was suitably impressed. My Mum and Dad were also very happy with their meals. I then realised that we needed to dash. It was time to pick up the birthday girl from school. In my haste I forgot to buy any lavender bits. That was a mistake. If I had purchased some lavender oil, then I would probably be asleep right now. Instead I am sat up typing this in the very early hours of the morning. Oh well, the perfect excuse for a return visit. Next time I will buy some lavender oil.
Jersey Lavender farm is the perfect place for a family outing. We had a great day. It appears that Lavender really is great for the soul.
If you would like to visit Jersey Lavender then look at their website for further details.